Leon Haslam says remaining on Kawasaki machinery in the MCE British Superbike championship is vital for his title ambitions as he has a foundation to build upon for 2017 having switched to Bournemouth Kawasaki.
The former World Superbike race winner saw his position in BSB thrown into uncertainty after former team GBmoto Racing withdrew at the end of 2016.
After competing in the final rounds of both World Superbikes and the Japanese Superbike series, Haslam has confirmed his switch to Bournemouth Kawasaki who pick up the official factory team title from Haslam's former squad.
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Having frustratingly lost out to Shane Byrne for this year's BSB championship crown Haslam is keen to make amends in 2017, having turned down a potential return to World Superbikes, and feels a second consecutive campaign on the ZX-10R can only boost his chances having relevant data and references from 2016.
“This year was obviously a good one for me; it was my first season with Kawasaki and also the first back in BSB with the no electronics rule,” Haslam said. “It was a tough year revisiting some of the tracks I hadn't been to for eight years but we came out fighting at every round.
“I had some interesting options in the World Championship but I know with this package we are going to be battling for wins and a championship title. I believe in Kawasaki and I think this second year working together will certainly put us in a stronger position than when we started out this season.”
After singling out reigning champion Byrne as an obvious title rival for 2017, Haslam is also intrigued to see who else arrives on the BSB grid for next year.
Rumours have continued to circle about a potential return of former World Superbike champion Sylvain Guintoli as well as 2015 BSB champion Josh Brookes plus Davide Giugliano.
“The aim for me is always to win and of course Shakey will be the target, but we both go into the new season with a year with our respective manufacturers so I feel we are in a similar position,” he said. “There are lots of interesting rumours about who will be joining us on the grid next year, which is great as I love a challenge.
“We go into the 2017 season ahead of where we started this year and we will be ready to roll when it comes to Donington Park for the first round.”